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 Post subject: Re: finish experiment
PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2019 4:33 pm 
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One of the slides has what I did - 4 coats and level, 3 coats and level finer, 2 coats and leverl finer still, then one last gloss coat?? Body and neck the same.

Ed


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 Post subject: Re: finish experiment
PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2019 10:10 pm 
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ruby@magpage.com wrote:
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One of the slides has what I did - 4 coats and level, 3 coats and level finer, 2 coats and leverl finer still, then one last gloss coat?? Body and neck the same.

Ed


Did you seal it before finishing?


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 Post subject: Re: finish experiment
PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2019 10:21 pm 
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I have been in the habit for decades of applying shellac before a finish. I put on two coats minutes apart with a folded paper towel, then hit it quickly with 400 or 600 grit paper, whichever is closer to hand. Oil finish gets no shellac.

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 Post subject: Re: finish experiment
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 12:58 am 
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Ruby@magpage....In the pic where you are removing the finish prior to gluing down the bridge, are you using any chemical, or just a very sharp chisel? I don't think I could do that dry and maintain a good gluing surface.

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 Post subject: Re: finish experiment
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 9:12 am 
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Roy

I do it dry. A really sharp chisel held vertically acting as a scraper is quite precise. My daughter has her own shop (brooklynlutherie.com) and she got a tip from the late great Paul Hostetter (lutherie.net for all sorts of great info) and uses a mezzotint rocker for the job. It is a chisel like a toothing blade for a plane and does a great job even on very very old nitro. She uses the 1/2" width

Ed


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